Steve Rigley

Recent articles by Steve Rigley

Buying time

Issue 79, Spring 2011

Feature

With shorter, more commercially driven degrees under serious consideration, Steve Rigley argues…

Design’s wayward cousins

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Feature

Humble and often vulgar, chapbooks offer an illuminating window into the medieval world.

Revolutionary material in the flesh

Issue 55, Spring 2005

Review

Glasgow’s Hunterian Gallery is home to a collection of James Abbott McNeill…

Thinking in solid air

Issue 57, Autumn 2005

Feature

Design educators are finding that letterpress nurtures creativity and visual abstraction

Refreshing but inscrutably exotic

Issue 69, Autumn 2008

Review

Now that the Olympic Circus has finally rolled out of town, it is highly likely…

Andre’s mug: inspiring prank, global brand… or a one-hit wonder? [extract]

Issue 62, Winter 2006

Review

The hard-sell intro to Supply and Demand will, no doubt, have many digging into…

Abram Games

Issue 59, Spring 2006

Review

Visitors to this exhibition may have noticed a London bus ticket modestly tucked…

New era

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Review

Delegates registering for Era 05 in the vast lobby of Copenhagen’s Bella Centre…

Digital cut and paste from India

Issue 53, Autumn 2004

Review

‘In a realm of Calvino-esque echoes, the "invisible cities" begin to unravel…

A lifetime of brush-script problem-solving [EXTRACT]

Issue 51, Spring 2004

Review

There is a photograph of Ashley Havinden (1903-73), taken for Country Life sometime…

Working lunch

Issue 56, Summer 2005

Feature

Mumbai’s dabbawallas deliver 175,000 meals daily to hungry workers using a unique system

Re-tooling the culture for an empire of signs

Issue 52, Summer 2004

Feature

‘Creative destruction’ and synthesis in the rapidly changing subcontinent

Dancing and demolition in old Beijing

Issue 65, Autumn 2007

Opinion

The destruction of ancient Chinese alleyways undermines the Olympic ideals of…

Imperialism by another name?

Issue 60, Summer 2006

Opinion

India’s designers need to compete globally, but Western-style professionalisation could threaten…

Recent blog posts by Steve Rigley

Design city in a hurry

18 November 2013

Singapore’s graphic design story matches the city-state’s dramatic narrative, but this breathless overview leaves little time for reflection
In the introduction to Independence: The History of Graphic Design in Singpore since the 1990s, author Justin Zhuang quotes Deyan Sudjic, ‘design is the language that a society uses to create objects that reflect its purposes and values’, writes Steve Rigley.

Graphic design reading lists

21 March 2012

How should we choose texts to guide students through the info-blizzard?
Twenty years ago creating a reading list for graphic design students was relatively easy, writes Steve Rigley.